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6 Predictions for Cloud Office in 2015: Google for Work vs. Office 365

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2014 was a big year for both Google and Microsoft. Satya Nadella stepped in as Microsoft’s new CEO and set out to change the company’s image by focusing on cloud and mobile-first strategies. Google has continued to pour more resources into Google Apps, rebranding this year as Google for Work. Cloud office is undoubtedly an exciting space and this is an exciting time to be a player in the ecosystem. Organizations are moving to the cloud and changing how they … Read more

Google Introduces Streamlined Partner Program for Google for Work and Education

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Today Google announced broad changes to its existing partner programs that will create a more streamlined channel, allowing partners to better sell, service and innovate across both the Google for Work and Education platforms. New measures will unify existing programs across Apps, Chrome, Cloud Platforms, Maps and Search into one Google for Work and Education Partner Program. Partners have long been key to Google’s success in the enterprise and EDU spaces and selling through the channel has traditionally served enterprise … Read more

How to Create a Google Apps Security Program in 3 Steps

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As IT departments, and CISOs in particular, learn more about data security in the cloud and the pitfalls of a firewall-free reality make themselves known, demand for added security around file storage, creation, collaboration and the use and installation of third-party applications has increased. While the cloud brings with it tremendous benefits – the ability to access data from anywhere, mobility, flexible third-party add-ons and extensions – this new paradigm has left CISOs grasping for new strategies and frameworks their … Read more

Upholding our Commitment to Security, BetterCloud Completes Type 2 SOC 2 Examination

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Security in the cloud isn’t just important to BetterCloud and our users, it’s one of the most hotly contested debates centered around IT today. As data enters the cloud and leaves behind legacy firewalls and restricted environments, it becomes not only more accessible, but more vulnerable. Which is why we’ve gone to painstaking efforts to protect the integrity and security of our customers’ data. Today, we are very pleased to announce that BetterCloud has completed the Type 2 SOC 2 … Read more

Google Apps Survey: Why Platform Offerings Will Win, Google’s Relationship with the Ecosystem and an Emerging Battle Between Google Apps and Office 365

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We recently surveyed thousands of Google Apps administrators around the world to gain valuable feedback and insights not only on our product, FlashPanel, but also on the adoption of Google Apps, specifically in the contexts of directory services (Google Apps Directory versus legacy systems like Active Directory), Google Drive versus non-native enterprise file synchronization, storage and sharing services (EFSSS) and Google Hangouts versus other web conferencing platforms. We’ve deliberately pinpointed these three areas as each seems to be of increasing … Read more

Security without Administrative Controls is Only Half the Solution

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Kyle Quinn is Senior Product Evangelist at BetterCloud. As more and more company data is moved to the cloud, IT professionals and executives maintain a strong focus on security. And, when speaking more specifically about Google Apps, the area of concern usually centers on Google Drive and how organizations should and can control information stored in and shared via the cloud collaboration tool. In fact, many products have cropped up to assuage these fears, like BetterCloud’s FlashPanel solution. But, while … Read more

White Paper: Key Link Between Satisfaction with Google Apps and Use of Third-party Google Apps Marketplace Solutions

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Today, the Cloud Alliance for Google Apps, of which BetterCloud is a founding member, released a white paper in conjunction with research firm Frost & Sullivan. The paper, which adds supporting evidence to a report published by Frost and the Cloud Alliance earlier this year, points to the positive impact Google Apps Marketplace solutions have on the adoption of and overall satisfaction with Google Apps. Access the white paper here The report, which culled insights from more than 1,100 Google … Read more

Must Read Articles for Every IT Professional in the Google Apps Ecosystem [eBook]

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Access the free eBook here → Moving to Google Apps can change the way your entire organization operates, whether you’re a large enterprise or small school district. Unfortunately, once the decision to go Google has been made, many IT professionals find a dearth of information and resources around how to train users, roll out new features and devise a strategy to manage and secure their Google Apps domains. To help make the initial transition to Google easier and provide valuable … Read more

Top 10 Google Drive Updates of All Time

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On Tuesday, April 24, 2012 Google launched Google Drive, the long-awaited storage and collaboration platform. To compete with the likes of Dropbox and Box, Drive in its earliest iteration allowed Apps users to create, share, collaborate and store in the cloud at no additional cost. At launch, Drive gave users the ability to: Create native Docs, Spreadsheets, Presentations and Drawings Easily share, comment and reply on native and uploaded files like PDFs, images and videos Access files locally with desktop … Read more

How Google is Disrupting the Enterprise (Again) with Hangouts

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When Google launched Talk in 2005, the company changed the way many of us communicate. The downloadable application allowed users to instant message quickly and easily. Definitely not revolutionary technology (long before Talk I was an early adopter of AOL’s AIM service), but still the application introduced millions to another Google product and paved the way for the company’s unified communications platform. In 2006, Google rolled Talk into Gmail, making the application an integral and beloved aspect of the mail … Read more